Mignon Fogarty isn’t just the creator, host, and persona behind the highly acclaimed podcast, Grammar Girl. She’s also a bestselling author and the founder of the amazing podcast network, Quick and Dirty Tips. But when she started, there was no guarantee that this new podcasting frontier was a worthy sacrifice for her well-paid, yet soul-crushing freelance job. How did she eventually construct a clear brand with loyal followers? She also shares her secrets on what has made her podcast a success, how she uses social media without getting overwhelmed, and why it’s important to stay open even in a world of uncertainty.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you’re creating your business and starting small, diversify your source of revenue. Find as many different ways to earn money.

  2. Determine what you’re good at, and then work your butt off to grow those skills.

  3. When it comes to social media, find one or two that you love and then put as much effort as you can into those platforms.

  4. In branding, consistency is key.

  5. You don’t have to be perfect when you start. Don’t let great be the enemy of good.

  6. If there’s something out there that you want but doesn’t exist - go make it.

  7. Opening yourself up to what is possible and believing you can do it is just half the battle.

  8. Don’t let fear of judgment or rejection stop you from pursuing your dreams and goals. Put yourself out there and remember, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Listen to the Grammar Girl podcast

Follow Mignon on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Read her books

Watch her TEDTalk

Explore the other podcasts from Quick and Dirty Tips

What were dot-com startups?

Science Friday

Wall Street Journal’s article on Grammar Girl

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Macmillan Publishers

Mignon's position as Chair in Media Entrepreneurship at University of Nevada, Reno

Camp NaNoWriMo

 

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